Craft Beer Hot Spots

With the craft brewery scene expanding with many independently owned establishments along what is known as the Gulp Coast, there are also a number of spots specializing in offering America’s best craft beer on tap and in bottles and cans. While they’re not brewing their own craft beer, these places serve up some of the best craft brew on hand. Grab a friend or three and find your new favorite from this list.

1 Tarpon Tavern, Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Tavern

Beloved by locals, this old-world pub serves up burgers and other American eats along with some of the coldest drafts in town. The Tarpon Tavern is located right off the Pinellas Trail and offers 30 beers on tap featuring some of the best local, national and international craft breweries. 

VIBE: Upscale English style pub with an outdoor cobblestone patio and turn-of-the-century but modern bar and dining area. 

UNIQUE OFFERING: Located right off the Pinellas Trail. 

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2 Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, Pinellas Park

Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

Home to the best beer fests in the area and recently named Best Craft Beer Restaurant in Florida by ratebeer.com, this place also dishes up Cajun comfort food (don’t miss the crawfish cornbread).

VIBE: Down-home rustic charm overlooking an actual bayou.

UNIQUE OFFERING: Local and Florida craft beers, many rarely found elsewhere.

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3 Willard's Tap House, Largo

Willard's Tap House

Its motto says it all: no crap on tap. Willard's Tap House takes their craft beer seriously, but not themselves. The selection of more than 20 beers on tap is deep and well thought out, and the customers are as knowledgeable as the staff, with plenty of local and Florida offerings.

VIBE: No-frills neighborhood pub.

UNIQUE OFFERING: The beer engine draws cask-conditioned ales. 

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4 Undertow Beach Bar, St. Pete Beach

Undertow Beach Bar

Located on St. Pete Beach, Undertow Beach Bar is a casual hot spot for beachgoers and locals. Choose from a refreshing cocktail or craft beer from the beachside tiki hut, then head out onto the powdery sand for a competitive round of volleyball at the courts. 

VIBE: Local beachfront tiki hut. 

UNIQUE OFFERING: Beach-to-bar access.

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5 Ricky T's Bar and Grille, Treasure Island

Ricky T's Bar and Grille

Ricky T’s Bar and Grille is a lively Treasure Island food and drink joint serving up some of the best crafts on tap and out-of-the-box bar eats on Treasure Island. Three bars, including an outdoor patio, makes this the perfect spot for locals and groups to connect over a frosty craft beer or catch a televised sports game. Sit out on the patio or relax among sports memorabilia in a smoke-free sports bar atmosphere.

VIBE: Outdoor casual or sports-pub cool.

UNIQUE OFFERING: Nightly live entertainment.

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6 Urban Brew and BBQ, St. Pete

Urban Brew and BBQ

Not to take anything from the ‘cue, but the brew is listed first for a reason. The craft beer offerings (18 on tap, to be exact) follow a strict code: one brewery at a time, plain tap handles and a wide array of styles.

VIBE: Long, narrow, cozy, with the smell of barbecue in the air.

UNIQUE OFFERING: The brisket paired with just about anything.

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7 Tap Room @ the Hollander Hotel, St. Pete

Tap Room @ the Hollander Hotel

The bar at this boutique hotel has a loyal, local following, drawn by the creative pub food, 21 beers on tap and live music on the weekends—not to mention the giant caribou, Nam, who guards the wall of beer taps.

VIBE: A ski lodge transplanted in Florida.

UNIQUE OFFERING: $3 craft beers on Tuesdays. 

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8 Ale And The Witch. St. Pete

ale and the witch st pete

At this laid-back craft beer bar, you'll find 32 all-American craft beers on tap, including many local and Florida offerings, along with knowledgeable bartenders and an affable owner.

VIBE: Relaxed with live entertainment.

UNIQUE OFFERING: Eight rotating one-off casks from local and national craft brewers.

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9 Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, St. Pete

Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

Located at the far west end of the Grand Central District, this eclectic bottle shop and bar combo offers craft beer, wine and deli sandwiches named after music festivals.

VIBE: Neighborhood hangout with funky indoor/outdoor seating.

UNIQUE OFFERING: 300 bottled and canned beers, as well as more than 75 wines. 

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10 Oak & Stone, St. Pete

Oak & Stone

Craft your own craft beer experience at Oak & Stone - home to the region's largest self serve brew wall featuring more than 60 rotating beer varieties with an emphasis on American craft beers, St. Pete breweries and regional favorites. 

VIBE: Bright, airy indoor/outdoor brewpub serving pub-grub, artisan pizzas, craft beers and cocktails. 

UNIQUE OFFERING: Self serve brew wall featuring local and regional favorites. 

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Tarpon Tavern

City: Tarpon Springs

Address
20 N Safford Av
FL

Phone: 727-945-1000

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Cajun Cafe on the Bayou

City: Pinellas Park

Address
8260 66th Street N
FL

Phone: 727-546-6732

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Willard's Tap House

City: Largo

Address
12500 Starkey Rd
FL

Phone: 727-581-8600

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Undertow Beach Bar

City: St. Pete Beach

Address
3850 Gulf Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-368-9000

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Ricky T's Bar and Grille

City: Treasure Island

Address
10601 Gulf Blvd.
FL

Phone: 727-363-7425

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Urban Brew and BBQ

City: St. Petersburg

Address
1939 Central Av
FL

Phone: 727-822-8919

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Tap Room @ the Hollander Hotel

City: St. Petersburg

Address
421 4th Ave N
FL

Phone: 727-202-6886

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Ale and the Witch

City: St. Petersburg

Address
111 2nd Ave. NE Suite#104
FL

Phone: 727-821-2553

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Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe

City: St. Petersburg

Address
2927 Central Avenue
FL

Phone: 727-800-2810

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Oak & Stone

City: St. Petersburg

Address
199 Central Ave.
FL

Phone: 727-565-4064

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